The Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder will share honors as they face off in two KFC Big Bash League warm-up matches holding in Albury.
The Border Bash, which also featured a Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Showdown between the Stars and the Thunder, will see the BBL05 finalists go through their paces in front of over 9000 people.
In the first fixtures of the game, the Melbourne Stars had come off triumphant by 12 runs which was ensured by a handy partnership between Glenn Maxwell who got through with a total of 35 off 29, and SebGotch, who finished with 36 off 30, thus guiding the Stars t0 8-150
Following an economical performance from their bowlers, they were able to hold off the Thunder, despite Kurtis Patterson’s 17-ball 31.
Their win was assured after a nasty on-field collision between Stars pair, Adam Zampa and Tom Triffitt, saw them clash heads together as they collided in a bid to catch a skied shot sent in by Jay Lenton Read more »
Despite scoring a century on the recent tour of Australia, Manish Pandey failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the World Twenty 20 Championship.
It’s Ajinkya Rahane who got the nod from the selection committee instead of him.
If the comparison is made between Rahane and Pandey, the latter is probably a better T20 player as he has got the combination of the power and the touch game.
Rahane, on the other hand, is all about touch game and although, he can play his shots from time to time, he can’t be expected to just blow the opposition away with his hitting.
He is a good option to have at the top of the order for you as a captain, but, if the ball has got old and the pitch has got a little bit slow, he would not be your preferred choice to be out there in the middle.
But, that’s not the case with Pandey. He can go both ways.
He can open the innings as well and can play conventional Cricket shots against the new ball to collect boundaries and he can then start cross-batting too once the innings progresses and reaches its business end.
However, since Rahane has featured in big tournaments quite a lot in the last 3-4 seasons, he is much ahead of Pandey from experience point of view and that’s the reason, the selectors have gone with him. Read more »
Adam Lyth seems to be wasting his opportunities in the current Ashes and the time is not that far off when he would find himself on the radar.
He did get a century against New Zealand, but, in the 5 innings that he has played against Australia, every time he has been caught behind the stumps and that is really a concern.
In the first couple of games, one could feel that he got a few corkers and probably, any batsman in the world would have nicked those.
But, the shot that he played in England’s first innings at Edgbaston yesterday, he would not be happy with that at all.
It was a wide cross-seam delivery by Josh Hazlewood and after pitching, it was going further away. It was surely to be left for the wicketkeeper. But, Lyth just threw his bat at it and got the edge.
For a fraction of a second, he would have thought he got away with it as Adam Voges at the first slip position for Australia juggled with the ball a little bit before grabbing it eventually and sending the Yorkshire left hander on his way.
After England’s loss at Lord’s, much of the talk was about the poor form of Gary Ballance and Lyth sort of slipped under it, but, now, if he fails in the second innings too in the ongoing test match, the knives would be out. Read more »
Eoin Morgan, one of the few England players that are featuring in IPL 8, has been a big flop so far.
Playing for one of the Southern region teams in the League i.e. the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Morgan has not been able to make even one match winning contribution.
At the start, he found himself on the bench with Kane Williamson being preferred over him which was a little bit of a surprise.
The left hander was slotted in after a couple of games though, but, the change hasn’t made any difference so far.
Morgan is actually struggling more than Williamson. Maybe, he needs to bat higher, that can be argued, but, he is not looking in form at all if the truth is spoken.
Morgan has had a successful time over here in India in international Cricket in the past.
Because of his soft hands and quick feet, he handles spin well which is very important in these conditions, but, the last year or so, he has had a bit of a downfall as a batsman and his confidence appears to be very low at the moment. Read more »